Argentina’s Sebastian Crismanich win’s the men’s -80kg category and Hwang Kyung-Seon of South Korea the women’s -67kg category Day 3 of the Taekwondo.
Victories for An Kum-Ae of South Korea and Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia win them gold medals in the women’s -52kg and men’s -66kg Judo finals.
Great Britain’s Aaron Cook retained his European -80kg taekwondo title when the final took a dramatic twist in the last second.
Trailing to world ranked number one Ramin Azizov of Azerbaijan for most of the contest he was losing 11-9 with only three seconds left. Then a typically frantic Cook attack to attempt to at least tie the match to send it to sudden death caused Azizov to leave the ring, an offence deemed serious enough by the referee to warrant a gam-jeom penalty for the Azerbaijan. Resulting in his disqualification, Cook took the 2012 title in one of the four categories to be contested in this summer’s Olympics.
Aaron Cook took the gold medal in the men’s under 80kg category at the London International Invitational Taekwondo Tournament sweeping aside competition from the reigning men’s under 87kg world champion, Iran’s Yousef Karami, along the way.
Only Shirley Elliot of France could stop a Brazilian clean sweep of the gold medals at the London International Invitational Judo tournament that also served as the sports test event ahead of next years Olympic Games.
If horse racing is the sport of kings then maybe judo should be considered the sport of leaders. Over the years statesmen such as President Theodore Roosevelt of the US and Vladimir Putin, the former Prime Minister of Russia, have practiced the sport. The chairman of the organising committee for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Lord Coe (or Sebastian Coe as he is known to athletics fans), trained alongside William Hague, the former leader of the British Conservative Party and currently the countries Foreign Secretary. And in acting well known names such as James Cagney, Chuck Norris and Peter Sellers have enjoyed the challenges of judo.